PTN, a business news publication for the imaging retailer, announced that Stan Bedford, owner of Bedford Camera & Video has been named s 2006 Dealer of the Year. The honor is bestowed annually to a retailer that stands out among his or her peers and offers an innovative approach to doing business. Arkansas-based Bedford Camera & Video has earned a reputation within its expansive customer base for providing the best value, selection, convenience, quality, price and service. Bedford Camera and Video exemplifies the role of the first-class dealer based on the company's continued efforts in growing their business in a changing retail environment, its commitment to marketing excellence, and contributions to the imaging industry as a whole.
"Bedford Camera & Video leaves no stone unturned when it comes to serving the photo-taking public," says PTN Publisher Liz Vickers. "Passport photos, classes, repair, equipment rental, video transfers, restoration, a portrait studio and even aerial photography have made them the definitive dealer in the state of Arkansas."
Since launching his first store in 1974 in Springdale, Arkansas, Bedford has built upon a 30-year legacy that has culminated into becoming the largest camera store chain in the state. With six locations, customers can upload digital images at Bedfords.com and order prints. It also touts the largest selection of traditional cameras, digital cameras, camcorders, and a selection of accessories.
"This award validates to our staff, peers and most importantly our customers that 32 years of great customer service does pay off," says Bedford Camera & Video President Jeff Beauchamp. "Without this staff, the success and growth we have enjoyed could not have happened, nor could we be competitive in this current retail environment without them."
"Happy customers clearly steer Bedford Camera & Video policies, says PTN Editor Diane Berkenfeld. "Film processing in 29 minutes AND a drive-through window means outperforming competitors and makes for a satisfied customer experience."
The December issue of PTN showcases Bedford Camera & Video with an in-depth feature article detailing its success. Bedford's Camera & Video will be presented with the award on March 9, 2007 at the PMA Trade Show and Convention in Las Vegas.